Clinical Botanical Medicine by ND, RH (AGG) Eric Yarnell, JD, RH (AHG) Kathy Abascal, MC

By ND, RH (AGG) Eric Yarnell, JD, RH (AHG) Kathy Abascal, MC Robert Rountree

On the center of medical Botanical drugs is a wealth of specified details on utilizing botanicals to avoid or deal with illnesses and prerequisites in 17 key different types. as well as transparent, step by step suggestions on prescribing and allotting, our authors offer professional perception on confident and destructive interactions among botanicals, prescribed drugs and physique structures; power synergies among botanicals and pharmaceuticals; and the scientific merits of the "polypharmacy approach," wherein a number of herbs are used to diminished required dosages and toxicity.

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Indd 37 5/15/09 9:44:27 AM —-1 —0 —+1 38 C L I N I C A L B O TA N I C A L M E D I C I N E CH3 H N C2H5 H3C O N O H3C NH2 Figure 4–3. Huperzine A N Figure 4– 4. O Pilocarpine Weiss suggests a dose of 1 tsp herb made into tea (steep 5–10 min in hot water) as a diaphoretic but does not give a dose for regular use. Overdose of pilocarpine causes all the same symptoms as with physostigmine. ANTIOXIDANT BOTANICALS Cholinesterase-inhibiting botanicals may be very helpful in the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

They are also associated with significant adverse effects including gastrointestinal distress and liver damage (observed in up to 50% of people taking tacrine in particular). 8 A postmortem comparison of brains and cholinergic activity showed that a cholinergic deficit correlated only with advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease. 9 Thus, the data increasingly suggest that cholinesterase inhibitors should not be used in early stages of Alzheimer’s disease but perhaps should be reserved for the very advanced stages of the disease.

Reproductive toxicity potentials of Salvia fruticosa (Labiatae) in rats. J Ethnopharmacol 1998;61:67–74. 44 Moss M, Cook J, Wesnes K, et al. Aromas of rosemary and lavender essential oils differentially affect cognition and mood in healthy adults. Int J Neurosci 2003;113:15–38. 45 Aruoma OI, Spencer JPE, Rossi R, et al. An evaluation of the antioxidant and antiviral action of extracts of rosemary and Provencal herbs. Food Chem Toxicol 1996;34:449– 456. 46 Holmes C, Hopkins V, Hensford C, et al.

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